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Frank J. Sorvillo

Professor Emeritus


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyPart Time
Contact Information

650 Charles Young Drive South
Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 

Dr.Sorvilllo’s current research focuses on the public health impact of three emerging or reemerging parasitic diseases including:




Cysticercosis, a parasitic infection caused by the larval form of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium, often infects the brain where it is termed neurocysticercosis. This disease is an important global public health problem causing significant morbidity and appreciable mortality in wide areas of Latin America, Asia and Africa. Increasing evidence indicates that the burden of cysticercosis in the United States is considerable.  

Frank Sorvillo is Professor In-Residence in the Department of Epidemiology at UCLA’s School of Public Health and Chief of Public Health Records and Research with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. His interests include the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, particularly parasitic agents,and the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of infectious disease problems. Dr. Sorvillo currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

PhD., Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles
MPH., , University of California, Los Angeles
BS., Biology, Southern Connecticut State College
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Guevara Ramon E, Mascola Laurene, Sorvillo Frank Risk factors for mortality among patients with nonperinatal listeriosis in Los Angeles County, 1992-2004.. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2009; 48(11): 1507-15.

Melamed Frank, Sorvillo Frank The burden of sepsis-associated mortality in the United States from 1999 to 2005: an analysis of multiple-cause-of-death data.. Critical care (London, England). 2009; 13(1): R28.

Shafir Shira C, Sorvillo Frank J, Smith Lisa Current issues and considerations regarding trichomoniasis and human immunodeficiency virus in African-Americans.. Clinical microbiology reviews. 2009; 22(1): 37-45, Table of Contents.

Bennion Jonathan R, Sorvillo Frank, Wise Matthew E, Krishna Sheila, Mascola Laurene Decreasing listeriosis mortality in the United States, 1990-2005.. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2008; 47(7): 867-74.

Bennion Jonathan R, Wise Matthew E, Carver John A, Sorvillo Frank Analysis of glaucoma-related mortality in the United States using death certificate data.. Journal of glaucoma. 2008; 17(6): 474-9.